During the last few decades, our perception, interpretations and concepts of architecture have been changing rapidly. It’s almost incongruous: such huge and sophisticated objects, which require lots of time and finance to realize, merely became products, which could easily fit in our pockets. One exciting example – would you like to become an owner of pavilion height of 11 meters, a creation of architects? You can simply buy it on eBay. It’s definitely not difficult: take a part in an auction, pay 30 thousand dollars for the delivery and this is it – you own a pavilion. A perfect gift for a wife, mother or brother and there’s only one headache — it might not fit under your Christmas tree.
Meanwhile, architecture matches with almost mostly beloved word used more than toilet paper nowadays – ecology. The greatest architects announce – ecological architecture is architecture of the future. Ecology, mobility and simplicity. These features give a great opportunity to compete in the world market. “Infinski” is an architects’ company based in Chile which offers services and ideas for all climate zones as well as meets the requirements of different clients.
A house seen in the pictures, the so called “Manifesto”, has a construction based on simply four ship containers; two adjustable wooden platforms were used for the exterior of the facade. Some critics claim that with this kind of materials “Infinski” makes their architecture radically modern. Eco friendly constructions are not the only ones used for projects of these houses, depending on the climate zone systems of renewable energy are implemented either. Offering ecological architecture, design, decoration, even furniture and pieces of art from A to Z the company states that its mission is to realize projects which require a minimum amount of time and money but are marked by the great quality and created using the most innovative technologies. The cost for building this kind of house is 79 thousand euro.
It is claimed that materials used by “Infinski” are not only ecological but they function perfectly, too. Let’s say, an outside facade is panel coated and it may be easily transformed as well as readjusted depending on temperature of the season. The main function of these white panels is to protect rooms from torrid sun in summer and because of spars cavities, air circulation is always guaranteed in premises. I wonder how this would fit really cold climate. Would houses easily fit without any cost rise? I doubt it because first of all, heat insulation is required in winter. On the other hand, perhaps it’s possible to use renewable energy systems. Still, it’s doubtful that we will start building this type of houses in the short run.
To me, one of the most fascinating features of this architecture is the “Lego” effect: it is a house made from particular details, it may be easily transformed (expanded or minified) and the building of this house lasts up to three months. As people’s demands get simpler, minimalism prevails all pages of fashion magazines and the rectangular shape becomes most wanted there’s little wonder that ship containers turned out to be a great building material. I take notice of these containers in new projects more and more often – dormitories, shops, even pavilions for galleries are made exactly from them
It’s only a question of time when these technologies will arrive to our everyday living solutions and for those, whose living is based on principles of ecology, “Infinski” suggests taking a part in project by bringing their own ideas. It’s pleasant that not only architects are welcome – the company would appreciate the help of painters, sculptors, photographers, designers etc. More information here.